I just finished reading Whispers from the Depths, and my heart is bleeding out. It is a raw, powerful, deep story that punches you in the gut. It’s about a young girl who has the ability to calm the dangerous water spirits–She is a Whisperer. Others fear and hate the Whisperers, and have enslaved them. Betka suffers much abuse as she does her best to embrace the humility and servant heart that Whisperers are supposed to have, but she sees her gift as a curse and struggles greatly with hatred and the growing bitterness in her heart. She volunteers for a mission with the hopes of reuniting with her sister and discovers something in the water more horrifying and dangerous than any water spirit she has ever met or heard about.
The story unfolds through the eyes of Betka and flashes back to important moments of the past to help readers understand the Whisperers, their gifting, and their duty to protect and never harm another. You can feel the epic design of the storyworld, but we catch only a snapshot of it. There were some moments I grimaced. Violent scenes that might raise a flag for more sensitive readers, but not overdone.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend for readers who enjoy dark fantasy with suspense and a touch of horror.
**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**